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Post-Secondary Scholarships

Through many generous donors, EAA awards more than $75,000 in scholarships for students attending a post-secondary institution with a focus on aviation, including pilot training, aeronautics engineering, aviation management, airframe and powerplant (A&P) maintenance, and more.

ClosedWinners will be announced shortly after May 1, 2023.

All applications are reviewed against the criteria for the individual scholarships and then awarded to those who show the greatest potential to be actively engaged in aviation. 

EAA strives to provide scholarships that have a minimum award of $5,000. Awards are made up of the following funds:

  • Chaudoin Scholarship
  • David Alan Quick Scholarship
  • David Mineck Memorial Scholarship
  • Eagles Aerobatic Team Scholarship
  • Fred & Diane Fitts Scholarship by CAA
  • Gerald “Jerry” Holland Scholarship
  • H.P. “Bud” Milligan Aviation Scholarship
  • Harrison Ford Scholarship
  • Harry E. Arcamuzi Aviation Scholarship
  • Herbert L. Cox Memorial Scholarship
  • Jack Burnham Scholarship
  • James Miller Scholarship
  • John Sandberg A & P Scholarship
  • Lee & Cookie Perrizo Scholarship
  • Michael Blume Memorial Scholarship
  • Payzer Scholarship
  • Robert F. Pauley History of Aviation Scholarship
  • Timothy Peterson Scholarship
  • Cdr John Paradiso Scholarship for Women in Aviation/Aerospace*
  • Morgan Brittany Smith Memorial Scholarship*

*For more information, visit the EAA GirlVenture Camp page.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a post-secondary scholarship cover?

Post-secondary scholarships may be used to cover costs for collegiate level programs in the United States including but not limited to: aerospace or aeronautical engineering, aviation business administration, air traffic control, aviation maintenance, professional flight, or any aviation-related STEM field.

Do I have to be an EAA member to apply?

You do not need to be a current EAA member to apply for a scholarship.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Can I apply for a post-secondary scholarship?

We encourage individuals from all countries to apply. However, all scholarship awards must be used at a post-secondary institution within the United States.

What are the age requirements to apply for a post-secondary scholarship?

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a post-secondary scholarship.

When can I apply for a post-secondary scholarship?

Applications open November 1st every year and close March 1st.

Does the application require a recommendation?

On your application, you will be asked to enter the name and email for a non-relative character reference. Once you submit your application, your reference will be sent a link to complete the online recommendation. Please ask your reference to complete the recommendation before the application deadline. Applications will be considered late and will not be accepted if the recommendation is not complete by the deadline.

Does the application require a copy of my transcripts?

On your application, you will be asked to upload the most recent copy of your transcripts. The transcript should include the name of the school, all the courses you have taken, and the grade you earned in each course. It should also include your cumulative, unweighted grade point average (GPA). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

What GPA should I use?

Your GPA should be unweighted using a 4.00 scale.

Will I be notified when my application was received?

You will receive an automatic email notification when your application has been submitted.

When will I be notified if I am selected for a scholarship?

All winners and non-winners will receive an email sent to the email address listed on your application shortly after May 1st. Please list an email address that you check often! If you have not received an email, please check your spam folder.

What are the next steps if I am awarded a post-secondary scholarship?

If you win a scholarship, you will be sent an email with documents for completion. Once EAA has received these, the disbursement process will begin. EAA will send a check directly to the post-secondary institution.*

*Please note, you have one year from the date of your award to use the funds of an EAA scholarship if the scholarship is non-renewable. If not all money is used during this designated year, the money will revert back to the EAA Scholarship Fund.

Additional questions should be directed to Scholarships@EAA.org.

Tips for Submitting Your Best Application

  • Start early and don’t miss the deadline.
  • Read the requirements and follow all directions, paying attention to the details.
  • Proofread and review thoroughly before submission. Ensure your answers have correct grammar and spelling.
  • Provide detailed answers to the essay questions that describe how you stand out from other applicants.
  • Being a member of EAA and a member of an EAA chapter will make your application stand out.
  • Volunteering for local organizations, both aviation and non-aviation related, will also highlight your application to the selection committee.
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